Robert May, Baron May of Oxford

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The Lord May of Oxford

Robert McCredie May

(1936-01-08)8 January 1936[1]
Died28 April 2020(2020-04-28) (aged 84)
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Judith Feiner (m. 1962)
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical ecology
InstitutionsImperial College London
University of Oxford
Harvard University
ThesisInvestigations towards an understanding of superconductivity (1959)

Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford, OM, AC, FRS, FAA, FTSE, FRSN, HonFAIB (8 January 1936 – 28 April 2020) was an Australian scientist. He was President of the Royal Society from 2000 to 2005.[3] He is a professor at the University of Sydney and Princeton University. He was a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords from 2001 until his retirement in 2017.

May was a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and an appointed member of the council of the British Science Association. He was also a member of the advisory council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[4]

May died on 28 April 2020 at a nursing home in Oxford of pneumonia caused by Alzheimer's disease, aged 84.[5][6]

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  1. MAY OF OXFORD, Baron. Who's Who. 2017 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. closed access (subscription required)
  2. "List of Fellows". Royal Academy of Engineering.
  3. Bradbury, Jane (2000). "Sir Robert May: A new face at the Royal Society". The Lancet. 356 (9227): 406–736. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)73556-X. PMID 10972381.
  4. "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  5. "Robert May, former UK chief scientist and chaos theory pioneer, dies aged 84". the Guardian. 2020-04-29. Retrieved 2020-04-29.
  6. "Robert May, an Uncontainable 'Big Picture' Scientist, Dies at 84". The New York Times. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.